In this blog post, written by Sage Institute of Fitness student, Leah Smith, we discover a health and fitness turnaround story that demonstrates resilience, determination and the importance of setting goals. We believe that almost everyone can learn something from Leah’s inspiring journey – most importantly that you can achieve anything you wish for when you choose to empower yourself as your own best motivator.
Thank you Leah, for sharing your powerful and deeply personal story with us…
Hello, my name is Leah Smith and this is my Sage blog post. All up it’s taken 6.5 years for me to reach a healthy weight and most importantly, maintain it. My turning point in life was after giving birth to my third daughter, when I was hitting the scales at a whopping 140kg. I knew deep down inside me, I had to change my lifestyle around.
After years of being in an unhappy relationship with my kids’ father, we decided to go our separate ways, and I decided to focus on my own goals in life again. I wanted to stop comparing myself with other women and for me to do that, I had to start with something I’ve always struggled with…my weight!
I woke up on Monday February the 8th 2010, and I’ve never looked back. For years I had been a “yo-yo” dieter but this time I was determined to change. I went straight down to my local supermarket and started buying healthy food options.
“As a single Mum of three, I just couldn’t afford the money for a gym membership or personal training sessions, so I started using the equipment I already had at home.”
I simply started with walking and some light jogging on my Mum’s treadmill, and about 4 or 5 months in, I started using a set of weights that I already had at home. I used the kids’ Wii console, and went out and bought a couple of fitness workout games. I instantly fell in love with “The Biggest Loser Challenge” and still enjoy training with it. Over the years I’ve collected lots of exercise and health books that helped teach me other training techniques like yoga, boxing, dancing and Tai Chi, but my favourites are skipping and the kids’ trampoline. There is so much you can use around your house already, without spending hundreds of dollars.
“Society believes that you have to go to a gym to lose weight or get motivation. No…you start with yourself and believing you can”.
Setting a goal weight of 80kg when I started, helped motivate me to keep pushing throughout my journey. My whole life I’ve been morbidly obese and teased about my weight, so getting to my goal weight would prove the doubters wrong. Having three beautiful girls aged 11, 10 and 6, I wanted to be the best role model for them about making “healthy food choices” and to be more active.
“After 5-6 months of exercising 2-3 times a day for about 30 minutes each session, I lost about 50kg. Overall I personally lost over 83kg at home, being my own motivator. I love my healthier lifestyle now and love sharing my story with others.”
For the last 9 months I’ve been studying to get my Diploma of Fitness Coaching (10067NAT) at Sage Institute of Fitness in Melbourne CBD. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I attend class twice a week and love how educated my teacher, Paul, is in the fitness field. I wouldn’t have made it this far into the course if it weren’t for his constant help and knowledge. It’s been fun doing work placement at a gym and learning all that I can. The gym environment is all new to me, so it’s pretty exciting. I am now training a client there every Friday and hope to gain more hours once I leave Sage.
I can’t wait for the future ahead. I plan to start my own business and study some more to help my career in the fitness field. I’m glad I chose Sage to study with and I encourage anyone who loves fitness too, to give Sage a call and discuss it more.
You won’t regret it.
“Congratulations on your fantastic achievements, Leah! We are delighted to have you study here at Sage Institute of Fitness. I’m sure your story will inspire many others to achieve their goals. We have no doubt you will go on to a hugely successful career in the fitness industry. We wish you every success for the future.”
Sage Institute of Fitness – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.
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